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Fourth Annual Winter Solstice Celebration at Mission San Luis

TALLAHASSEE –

On Sunday, December 14, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mission San Luis invites the public to enjoy American Indian culture, music, astronomy, and history at the fourth annual Winter Solstice Celebration. During the day, shop for holiday gifts and support artisans selling their fine crafts, join a drum circle, or enjoy flute and drumming in concert. There will also be children’s make-and-take crafts, primitive weapon activities, presentations by speakers and storytellers, food vendors, and more. In the evening, view the pre-solstice stars and planets with telescopes provided by the Tallahassee Astronomical Society.

 

“Come out to Mission San Luis to observe the occasion of the ‘sun standing’ at its southernmost position in the sky and honor the heritage of this 17th-century living history village,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “While their lives and times were different than ours, we share the same sky with the Apalachee Indians and Spanish settlers who lived here more than 300 years ago. Gather at Mission San Luis for their fourth annual Winter Solstice Celebration.”


Mission San Luis was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum brings the early 1700s to life with reenactors, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research. The site is part of the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, with support provided by the Friends of Mission San Luis, Inc.

Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee, Florida, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors 65+, $2 for ages 6-17, and free for members, children under 6, and active duty military. For more information, please call 850.245.6406 or visit missionsanluis.org.

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About Mission San Luis

Florida’s Apalachee-Spanish Living History Museum was the western capital of Spanish Florida from 1656 to 1704. Today, the Mission brings the early 1700s to life with living history interpreters in period dress, reconstructed period buildings, exhibits, and archaeological research. The site is managed by the Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Archaeological Research, and support is provided by the Friends of Mission San Luis, Inc. Mission San Luis is Tallahassee’s only National Historic Landmark. Mission San Luis is located at 2100 West Tennessee Street in Tallahassee, Florida, and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mission San Luis is pet-friendly to animals on leashes all year round.